Last week’s Economist Magazine looks at the looming battle with public sector unions in these resource constrained times. The last paragraph in the leader sums it up well:
“The coming battle should be about delivering better services, not about cutting resources. Focusing on productivity should help politicians redefine the debate. The imminent retirement of the baby-boomers is a chance to hire a new generation of workers with different contracts. Politicians face a choice: push ahead, reform and create jobs in the long term; or give in again, and cut more services and raise more taxes.”
We are living in interesting times. Let’s hope Canadian politicians are up to the necessary job ahead. Here is the link to the Economist’s main briefing on the looming battle with public sector unions for your “must read” list.